Cleveland at Minnesota

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Cleveland (64-56) «001112000551
Minnesota (53-64)010001000252

Indians 5, Twins 2

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MINNEAPOLIS -- When a routine single skipped under the glove of Michael Bourn and started rolling toward the wall, things could've gotten ugly for the Cleveland Indians.

Zach McAllister made sure that didn't happen.

McAllister won for the first time in almost three months, Ryan Raburn homered and the Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night.

With Minnesota down 5-1 in the sixth inning, Joe Mauer scored from first base on a single by Justin Morneau that skipped under the glove of center fielder Michael Bourn for an error and rolled all the way to the warning track.

McAllister fanned Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia to end the inning and strand Mauer at third, getting several pats on the back from teammates as he walked back to the dugout.

"Our defense has been great for us all year long. For us as pitchers, it's our job to pick them up when they don't always do what we expect of them," McAllister said. "For us to be able to pick them up, it's exciting and it's great to know that they have our back and we have them when we need to."

Cleveland had lost seven of its last eight and posted a 6.00 ERA during that stretch.

Coming off his worst start of the season Thursday against Detroit, McAllister (5-7) bounced back and held Minnesota to one earned run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven in his first win since May 23.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said the sixth inning was the highlight of McAllister's night.

"We're getting to a point where you're thinking about maybe going to the bullpen," Francona said. "He's up around 100 pitches and guys have seen him a couple times. He executed very well there."

Josh Willingham homered for the Twins in the second inning, Minnesota's 23rd straight run from a home run -- an MLB record.

But the Twins went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and are now 3 for 48 in those situations over their last six games.

Mauer scoring on Bourn's error was the first time Minnesota scored without a home run since Aug. 7.

"We can't rely on home runs all the time," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's nice when we hit them but we're going to have to drive in some of these runs with less than two outs and a man's on third. Unfortunately we didn't do it again tonight."

The Indians led 3-1 in the sixth when Samuel Deduno (7-6) hit Carlos Santana in the toe with a pitch. Plate umpire Adam Hamari initially ruled that Deduno's pitch didn't hit him, but awarded Santana first base after conferring with the rest of his crew and changing the call.

Rayburn then lined a home run into the left-center field bleachers, a much-needed blast for a team that got shut out on Monday night by rookie Andrew Albers making his second major-league start.

"You go through stretches where you can't get a hit. It's not like we haven't been swinging the bat well," Rayburn said. "Last night, I don't know how many great plays they made off of us. That's part of the game."

McAllister's strong start was a boost for an Indians team that entered Tuesday in third place instead of second in the AL Central for the first time since June 17.

After McAllister exited, Cody Allen and Joe Smith each pitched a perfect inning. Chris Perez allowed a two-out double to Arcia in the ninth, but retired Trevor Plouffe to end the game and record his 19th save in 22 chances.

Bourn, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley added RBI for Cleveland.

"The game just didn't seem like it went anywhere. I wish I had more to offer than that," Gardenhire said. "I think about the game and nothing really happened too awfully exciting. Sammy gave up the runs, and we didn't do anything offensively."

Notes

The Indians signed former Blue Jays' No. 1 pick David Cooper to a minor-league deal and sent him to their spring training complex in Goodyear, Ariz. The 26-year-old first-baseman is expected to join Triple-A Columbus later this month. ... Minnesota acquired LHP Miguel Sulbaran from the Dodgers to complete the trade for C Drew Butera. The 19-year-old was 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 23 games for the Dodgers' low Class A team. Minnesota GM Terry Ryan said he expects Sulbaran to be a starter in the Twins' system. ... Twins rookie Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.43 ERA) will try to pitch more than six innings for the first time in his career in Wednesday's series finale. ... Carlos Carrasco (0-4, 7.75 ERA) starts for Cleveland and will try to win for the first time since beating Arizona on June 29, 2011. Carrasco has lost his last 10 decisions.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Willingham
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Cleveland

R. Raburn
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4001031 .272
Nick Swisher, 1B4000122 .238
Jason Kipnis, 2B4111010 .290
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000102 .236
Michael Brantley, LF4011001 .280
Carlos Santana, DH3100001 .262
Ryan Raburn, RF3212100 .271
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000102 .225
Yan Gomes, C4120001 .314
Totals3255546  
Batting
2B - Yan Gomes (11, Deduno)
HR - Ryan Raburn (14, Deduno)
SH - Michael Bourn (3)
RBI - Michael Bourn (37), Jason Kipnis (69), Michael Brantley (55), Ryan Raburn 2 (40)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Michael Bourn (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (W,5-7) 6421171 3.74
Cody Allen (H,6) 1000020 2.50
Joe Smith (H,17) 1000000 2.80
Chris Perez (S,19) 1100000 3.26
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 105-76, Cody Allen 12-9, Joe Smith 12-6, Chris Perez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 5-6, Cody Allen 1-0, Joe Smith 1-2, Chris Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 23, Cody Allen 3, Joe Smith 3, Chris Perez 4
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B4000021 .242
Joe Mauer, 1B4110001 .314
Justin Morneau, DH4010000 .262
Josh Willingham, LF4111011 .216
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3010111 .265
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4000002 .234
Chris Herrmann, C3000020 .214
Clete Thomas, CF3010020 .217
Pedro Florimon, SS3000011 .218
Totals3225119  
Batting
2B - Oswaldo Arcia (14, Perez), Clete Thomas (11, McAllister)
HR - Josh Willingham (12, McAllister)
RBI - Josh Willingham (39)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Mauer
E - Samuel Deduno (1, Misplayed grounder), Joe Mauer (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Samuel Deduno (L,7-6) 6554341 3.54
Anthony Swarzak 2000100 2.92
Brian Duensing 1000020 4.11
WP - Samuel Deduno (6)
HBP - Santana (by Samuel Deduno)
Pitches-Strikes - Samuel Deduno 81-49, Anthony Swarzak 26-16, Brian Duensing 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Samuel Deduno 8-7, Anthony Swarzak 1-5
Batters Faced - Samuel Deduno 28, Anthony Swarzak 7, Brian Duensing 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29806
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Sam Holbrook